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Bombs, war, angry bearded men, shrouded sobbing women, shattered cities: Iraq, as seen through the eyes of the Western media these days. In this riveting and timely film, author and director Samir tells the compelling story of his globalized middle-class Iraqi family—now scattered between Auckland, Moscow, Paris, London and Buffalo, New York—recounting their stories of departures and uprootings. Samir also engrossingly chronicles how Iraqis’ dreams of building a modern and just society after their nation achieved independence in the 1950s were brutally dashed over the course of half a century of dictatorship, war, and foreign occupation. (Switzerland; 162 mins.)

Cosponsored as part of the 39th Portland International Film Festival
(Also showing Monday, February 15, 12 p.m. at Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave, Portland)
$12 general; $11 PAM & WAC members, seniors & students; $9 child (under 12)
Tickets available at the PIFF box office, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue or:
WAC members use PROMO Code: "wacpiff39"

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